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Old 01-27-2016, 05:40 AM   #11
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I love the place! I don't begrudge spending a bit more on organic products since I am not keen on pesticides and also find it has more flavour. In particular I really like their artisan breads and interesting mixture of salads. Brilliant!

Quality overrides any concern about their profit margin to me. I will continue to support them.
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:59 AM   #12
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There's a couple of kinds of cheeses we get there too. Only other place we've found them is at the Cheese Course and they are just as expensive, if not more.

I'm with Kay and Dawg about the salad bar. Went there 1 time to get some lunch for me and Craig when we were away from home. He wasn't feeling well and thought he might like some pasta salad. I got 3 different kinds so he'd have a choice. It was almost $50. Nearly had a heart attack standing there at the register when cashier totaled. Didn't even think 2 of them were that good.
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Old 01-27-2016, 02:13 PM   #13
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I love the place! I don't begrudge spending a bit more on organic products since I am not keen on pesticides and also find it has more flavour. In particular I really like their artisan breads and interesting mixture of salads. Brilliant!

Quality overrides any concern about their profit margin to me. I will continue to support them.
I don't know how it is in England, but we can buy organic products at nearly every food store around here. Whole Foods isn't the only place that sells certified organics. The quality is on par with what WF offers, too. The prices are more reasonable, though.

It also seems like most of the food recalls around by us have been by Whole Foods lately. Since they emphasis their attention to offering wholesome products, you would think they would be much more attentive to what their suppliers are providing to them, right?
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Old 01-27-2016, 02:14 PM   #14
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They have their niche, I suppose. There's a Whole Foods right across the street from my office. I go over there a couple times a week to get a salad for lunch, mostly because it's quick and convenient. I don't think I've ever spent more than $4-5. But I'll also add that if I have the time, I prefer to drive 3 blocks further to the plain old Cub Foods, where I can get the same salad for $2-3.

Contrary to popular belief, I do see some decent sales at WF every once in a while. I recently bought a large bottle of California EVOO for $3.99, and just last week they had imported Cotswald cheese for $6.99/lb. Salmon is another item I see on sale often.

Also, like others have mentioned, sometimes they have items that you just can't find at other stores. For example, it's the only place in town where I've been able to find sugar-free bacon or the buffalo mozzarella I really like.
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Old 01-27-2016, 02:37 PM   #15
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There was one thing that they used to carry, of course its gone, pomegranate chocolate chip sorbet. I do not like ice cream or anything similar. That stuff was so good I could finish the whole pint myself.

That was the only thing worth buying there. Our organic co-op has better prices and better products


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Old 01-27-2016, 02:45 PM   #16
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I drive past one of the largest WF in the US on my way to and from work, so I pop in a lot. In a few hours, in fact.

Things they are good for: produce; hard to find items, especially ethnic; certain beans and grains; spices in very small amounts; fish; eggs; meat; cheese.

I buy fish, produce, poultry and eggs there because I am more concerned about sourcing these days.

I also buy stuff from the salad bar pretty regularly and I can't imagine what people bought for lunch that it cost $18 or $50. I got out of there with enough salad for my lunch, a small amount of rice and beans and a warm roll for less than $5 last week. Most of their prepared foods are sort of bland, so I don't usually buy them.
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Old 01-27-2016, 03:29 PM   #17
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I don't know how it is in England, but we can buy organic products at nearly every food store around here. Whole Foods isn't the only place that sells certified organics. The quality is on par with what WF offers, too. The prices are more reasonable, though.

It also seems like most of the food recalls around by us have been by Whole Foods lately. Since they emphasis their attention to offering wholesome products, you would think they would be much more attentive to what their suppliers are providing to them, right?
Over here Wholefoods is fairly unique since it is one of the few outlets that not only stocks organic food products but combines this with the facility to consume the food there i.e. self service restaurant/snack outlet. I love it!

That they are now on the skids and/or having to rethink their marketing can be good news for the consumer.
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If "Whole Foods' own customers don't think the products are worth the price", then why the heck do they continue to shop there?
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:21 PM   #19
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If "Whole Foods' own customers don't think the products are worth the price", then why the heck do they continue to shop there?
Many people may purchase items that they consider overpriced because there may not be cheaper alternatives of the same quality (of the organic product) elsewhere or readily available/accessible.

I realise the food is quite pricey but, since I can't buy their interesting mixtures of salads elsewhere (and mix and match them the way I like to), I don't begrudge the price. Also their artisan breads are not available in most health shops here in UK. I am more focused on quality.

Ultimately the shake up may result in more reasonably priced goods!
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A different take on Whole Foods... While they are expensive, they also force nearby stores to up their game. A few years ago we had a similar "fresh market" move into the area and in fairly short order every other store had much better looking produce and an improved selection of wine. A little competition can be a good thing. :)
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